Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Apple Festival, Pumpkin Patch, Caramel Apples

It was another fun-filled weekend. First Luke and MacKenzie came home and we celebrated Luke's 21st Birthday!!!

Then Sunday we went to the Portland Nursery Apple Festival. You can find the festival because of the giant apple in the sky:

Then there's the variety of apples to taste:

The festival also offers face painting, balloon art, music and more.

Then, we headed out to Sauvie's Island Pumpkin Patch. We went on a hay ride,

We used to do these things every year while the kids were growing up. It was fun stepping back in time and appreciating all these activities with my kids, now that they are grown up.

We wandered the fields to find the perfect pumpkin.

We ran into my nephew, his girlfriend and a couple other people we knew:

We saw a little moo train, which was for the kids to ride if they didn't want to ride the hay ride.

And then we went home to make homemade caramel apples - Yum...

Easy microwavable Caramel Apple recipe (I love EZ recipes that take little to no time) but I still want the food to taste good.

Caramel Apple Recipe

One package (14 oz) of traditional caramels
3 tablespoons of water
Microwave on high for about 2-3 minutes or until caramel is soft
Stir water and caramels to mix

Shove sticks in center of apples and Dip apples in caramel.

Set caramel apples on cookie sheet, covered with wax paper and/or buttered to let caramel stiffen. Eat and enjoy – yum!!!


C.R. Evers said...

mmmmmmm . .. I"m hungry now! :0)


Kimbra Kasch said...

Yeah caramel apples or caramel popcorn - such wonderful fall tastes.

Rena Jones said...

Oh wow -- looks like you had one fun weekend! I think it's so cool you take your kids to do stuff like this now that they're older. Hopefully, when and if they have families of their own, they'll keep up the traditions.

Your caramel apples look yummy! I've been wanting to make some this year, but I haven't yet. I might give yours a try. Thanks!

Adrienne said...

How fun! I want to go on a hay ride!

Kelly Polark said...

What a fun family day! Yummy recipe too!

Brenda said...

Looks like a fun day! I love those types of things...are annual craft show/heritage days is this weekend...they are sooo much fun...

steve2120 said...

And where's my caramel apple????

Have lar's make some for me,OK,OK,,OK ?????>????

Love ya Steve

Kimbra Kasch said...

Steve: We sent some back to UofO with Luke. And the rest are gone. But read my post tomorrow and I'll save you some spider cookies. Yum-yum, the only problem is their little legs tickle as they go down.